Special Bulletin
28 March 2017

CBCA Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Older Readers* 

  • Waer (Meg Caddy, Text)
  • Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Macmillan)
  • Yellow (Megan Jacobson, Penguin)
  • The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Lothian)
  • One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn, UQP)
  • Frankie (Shivaun Plozza, Penguin)

Younger Readers

  • Rockhopping (Trace Balla, A&U)   
  • Within These Walls (Rovyn Bavati, Scholastic)
  • A Most Magical Girl (Karen Foxlee, A&U)
  • Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)
  • Mrs Whitlam (Bruce Pascoe, Magabala)
  • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade (Kate Temple, Jol Temple & John Foye, A&U)

Early Childhood

  • Go Home, Cheeky Animals! (Johanna Bell, illus by Dion Beasley, A&U)
  • All I Want for Christmas Is Rain (Cori Brooke, illus by Megan Forward, New Frontier)
  • The Snow Wombat (Susannah Chambers, illus by Mark Jackson, A&U)
  • Nannie Loves (Kylie Dunstan, Working Title Press)
  • Chip (Kylie Howarth, Five Mile Press)
  • Gary (Leila Rudge, Walker Books)

Picture Book

  • One Photo (Ross Watkins, illus by Liz Anelli, Viking)
  • Mechanica (Lance Balchin, Five Mile Press)
  • Home in the Rain (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
  • My Brother (Tiffan Huxley, Dee Huxley & Oliver Huxley, Working Title Press)
  • The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Van T Rudd, Lothian)
  • Out (Angela de Pourbaix, illus by Owen Swan, Scholastic)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)
  • A-Z of Endangered Animals (Jennifer Cossins, Red Parka Press)
  • The Gigantic Book of Genes (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)
  • Fabish: The Horse that Braved a Bushfire (Neridah McMullin, illus by Andrew McLean, A&U)
  • Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks (Gina M Newton, NLA)
  • William Bligh: A Stormy Story of Tempestuous Times (Michael Sedunary, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay)

Crichton Award for New Illustrators

  • A Patch from Scratch (Megan Forward, Viking)
  • Mechanica (Lance Balchin, Five Mile Press)
  • Melbourne: Word by Word (Michael McMahon, Little Hare)
  • Small Things (Mel Tregonning, A&U)
  • The Patchwork Bike (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Van T Rudd, Lothian)
  • Welcome to Country (Aunty Joy Murphy, illus by Lisa Kennedy, Walker Books).

The shortlisted books were chosen from the Notable Books list, which was announced at the beginning of this month.

The winners will be announced at an event in Hobart on 18 August.

For more information about the CBCA Awards, click here.

The original version of this story included an error in the shortlisted titles for the Older Readers category.




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